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Shadrach (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  23 September 1998 (USA)
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In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
John Franklin Sawyer ...
Ginnie Randall ...
Middle Mole
Alice Rogers ...
Edmonia (as Monica Bugajski)
Daniel Treat ...
Little Mole
Doug Chancey ...
Dock Worker


In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is a violation of strict Virginia law. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il Profumo di un Giorno d'estate  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$16,669 (USA) (25 September 1998)


$20,167 (USA) (25 September 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Harvey Keitel and Martin Sheen learned their accents for this film from James L.W. West, while Andie MacDowell, who is a native Southerner, developed her own accent. Keitel spent most of a day talking with West and taping his speech. Sheen later listened to these tapes. See more »


The pickup truck on the ferry with them was newer than 1936. See more »


[Paul has learned curse words from the Dabneys and is yelling them into the closet.]
Paul: Son of a bitch, whorehouse, Jesus Christ, pisspot, asshole!
Mrs. Whitehurst: Come on, Paul, it's time to go to church!
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Performed by Bessie Jones, Hobart Smith and The Sea Island Singers
Traditional, arranged by Alan Lomax, Bessie Jones and Hobart Smith
Used by permission of Alan Lomax
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Very Nice
10 March 2000 | by (Richmond, Virginia) – See all my reviews

A great movie based on the short story by William Styron, himself a native of the Virginia Tidewater, where the movie and story take place. I found the film very moving and accurate in its depiction of eastern Virginia during the Depression era-Styron based the short story on an actual childhood experience of his. Also I found the scenery and way in which it was composed especially noteworthy. The setting was just perfect and outstanding in every regard (ancient Live Oak and Cypress trees). All in all, a very good film, good effort was put into it and it shows.

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